It has been well documented that Stoke City have got off to a terrible start and now there is talk of Nathan Jones losing his job, with former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka reportedly watching the situation at the Potters, with him keen on the job, as per The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell .
Stoke City fell to yet another defeat on Tuesday night against fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town, and they now find themselves six points behind Reading, with a trip to league leaders Swansea on the horizon.
The Potters now have a run of tough fixtures which could see Jones lose his job after only nine months in charge, which would see Stoke searching for their fifth manager in just under two years.
Having had experience of guiding a team to promotion in the Championship, here we take a look at the pros and cons of Stoke appointing recently linked Aitor Karanka…
He knows the division
Aitor Karanka has done well previously at Nottingham Forest and most notably Middlesbrough, where he guided them to promotion, playing with a 3-5-2 system which saw his wing backs fly forward to create overloads, but then sit back when defending to make it hard to get through.
He has the experience and the knowhow to pick up points in this division and he has the capability to lift Stoke up the table.
Karanka’s sides usually have solid defensive structure and are hard to break down.
At Middlesbrough this was a big reason why they achieved promotion to the Premier League as they made themselves hard to beat, especially at home.
In Aitor Karanka’s first full season in charge at Middlesbrough, they only conceded 37 goals throughout the entire season, compared to Stoke’s 21 goals conceded after only ten games.
Style of play
The players brought in at Stoke are more technical players such as Tom Ince and Nick Powell, players who are good on the ball and like to move the ball and keep the game flowing.
Karanka’s style of play is seemingly more about trying not to lose the game rather than trying to win it.
While this is a tactic which worked during his time at Middlesbrough, it wasn’t as effective at Nottingham Forest, and that could be viewed a concern for Stoke.
Karanka’s unpredictable personality
Aitor Karanka has been known to have an unpredictable personality in the past, such as when he was at Middlesbrough, Karanka went AWOL when things began to get tough after a fallout with members of his squad.
Karanka failed to turn up to the Rockliffe training ground during the row with his playing staff, disrupting preparation for important games.
Stoke City can’t afford for something of the sorts to happen with them if they are to get out of this mess and climb up the table.